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Philotimo Life is a podcast that aims to open up the conversation around death, with the goal to change how our government policies and educational systems handle grief and bereavement.

Philotimo Life is grounded in the belief that we'll never truly honour and appreciate our lives, if we never learn to truly honour and appreciate death. Removing the taboo around the discussion will allow us all to better understand our mortality, help us to support those grieving, and to live a happier life.

AT OUR CORE, WE BELIEVE IN...

Education

 

Create corporate and training programs that enable employers/employees to better respond to and understand grief. Future school programs will allow parents and children to learn the skills needed to become well-adjusted, and compassionate communicators.

Awareness

 

Our content (like our podcast!) allows us to increase awareness of our mission through death literacy in order to create safe spaces for people to share their experiences, while finding and connecting with fellow advocates.

Change

 

With education and awareness in full swing, we use our brand to connect with leaders/change-makers and advocate for policy reforms. We champion better support for bereaved people through increased social, financial, and education programs.
 

THE PHILOTIMO STORY

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Maria's mom died when she was two.

From an early age, she realized that talking about death was a huge no-no because people got really weird about it. As a way to avoid uncomfortable situations, she hardly spoke about her mom– let alone the way the loss impacted her.

 

As she got older, she began to ask herself, "Why aren't I talking about this? Why aren't we talking about it?" This is what led to Philotimo Life– a place that breathes life into the conversation around death.

As she was explaining it to Ammo, his response was one of the first that wasn't "that's kind of morbid." This led to him joining the project. His approach to the conversation around death was refreshing and helped shape Philotimo into what it is today.

Together, they want you to share your experiences around death with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Opening up this dialogue will help us all embrace the reality that everybody dies, and that's ok!

MEET THE TEAM

MARIA VASSILIOU

Founder & Co-host

Maria is an advocate for death literacy and the previous co-founder of two other grass-roots organizations – both aimed at creating safe spaces for marginalized groups to share their stories.

In any role she tackles, she champions the importance of vulnerability and the act of radical transparency. These two elements create stronger bonds, better communication, and more impactful work.

She's presently the Vice Curator at the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Toronto Hub, is on the FundDev committee for Hospice Toronto, and was recently a KidCoach with Future Possibilities for Kids. She is currently getting a certificate in Thanatology from Cenntenial College.

She's often seen with a film camera around her neck and a cup of tea in one hand.

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AMMO SOMAL

Chief Content Officer, Strategist & Co-host

Ammo is a content creator, humourist, marketer, and media producer. His interest in the morbid and his dark sense of humour began at a young age. As a result, he's a firm believer in using laughter not just to open up the conversation around darker subjects but also as a way to confront them... in the right situations, of course.

 

His experience in all things macabre is bolstered by his academic background in English Literature and Gothic Studies, from Bath Spa University, in the UK.

As a digital marketer and communications specialist, he's constantly analyzing how the complex theme of death in pop culture and media impacts our relationship with it.

Known as the funnyman among friends, he connects with others through his quick wit, humour, and intellect.

STACIE HUNTER

Director of Audio

Stacie is an audio engineer who started her musical journey banging on pots and pans. A moment in her life has never passed where she wasn’t fascinated by sounds, and the feelings they can create in people. She has grown into a full-fledged multi-instrumentalist, audio-engineer, composer, and producer; formally studying sound-recording at Recording Arts Canada (RAC).

 

She has always been fascinated by death and has lived her life acutely aware of how quickly existence can be taken from us. This makes her strive to bring more joy into this world through her music.

 

She produces her own music under the name “StacXion”, and creates music that’s a blend of metal, and EDM sub-genres. Her musical creations are fuelled by inspirations and memories from time spent with friends and family and creating something that will immortalize them forever.

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